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Slide Lake Backpack 2016

I had the opportunity to go on my first backpack (yes, you read that right) of the year at Slide Lake in Glacier National Park this past weekend. The plan was to hike up Lee Ridge, drop down to Slide Lake, explore around and then hike back out the next day. Originally, we were going […]

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Pika calling

Lee Ridge & Slide Lake Pika Survey

Folks from the Glacier’s Citizen Science Program relayed to me how they were thwarted in their latest attempt to get four last pika surveys done by the amazing limestone boulder fields just below Gable Pass and at Slide Lake in Glacier National Park. I looked at my schedule and took the opportunity to head on up for […]

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Redgap Pass from Goat Trail

Ptarmigan Tunnel to Redgap Pass Goat Traverse

The iconic Ptarmigan Tunnel in Many Glacier is a popular day hike. The tunnel is also frequently used by backpackers descending and ascending into the Belly River drainage which is often paired with Redgap Pass to make a loop. For those interested in connecting these two features without losing the elevation via trail, an off-trail […]

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Elizabeth Lake

Elizabeth Lake Spring 2014

I’ve always entered the Belly River area of Glacier National Park later in summer. Looking at the fields, I knew that the flowers would be beautiful and animals would be aplenty. One of my favorite waterfalls, Dawn Mist Falls, is one of the more powerful waterfalls as it is the entire Belly River pouring over […]

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Extended Backpacking Trips of Glacier National Park

Extended Backpacking Trips in Glacier National Park – Part 2

“Where do start on planning my extended backpacking trip in Glacier National Park?” In Part 1, I explored resources and approach to getting a great extended backpacking trip in Glacier National Park. In this video, I’m providing more specific guidance on routes. Routes Covered: Northern Circle Northern Traverse Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake out and backs to […]

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Glacier National Park Three Day Trips

Glacier National Park Three-Day Trips

You’re getting excited about heading out to Glacier National Park for that sweet three day/two night backpacking trip and you look at the map and see 734 miles of trail and 65 campsites. What to do?! Here are a bunch of my picks in video form with me walking you all over the map. There […]

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Miche Wabum

North Fork Belly River

In the far northeast corner of Glacier National Park lies the Chief Mountain trailhead which gives you access to the Belly River drainage. Most visitors walk right past the fork in the trail that leads down to the Belly River about three miles in. While it looks just like an access to the river, it’s […]

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Atsina Lake

Stoney Indian Pass

The Belly River area in Glacier National Park offers numerous rewarding backpacking experiences. The Belly River drainage heads up to Elizabeth Lake, passing the powerful Dawn Mist Falls. The trail passes right above the falls and gives you a great look down while a spur trail lets you see them from the bottom and get […]

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Many Glacier

Ptarmigan – Redgap (including Iceberg Lake)

Most visitors to Glacier National Park are looking for great day hikes. In the Many Glacier area, it doesn’t get much better than a trip up to Iceberg Lake and/or Ptarmigan Tunnel. The trail that serves both hikes is often closed due to Grizzly Bear activity, so a planned alternative is recommended, but if you […]

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Hole-in-the-Wall

Brown Pass

The access to the high country from the Bowman valley in the North Fork region of Glacier National Park, is done by hiking along Bowman Lake, past Bowman Campground and up to Bowman Pass where it intersects the Boulder Pass Trail. This trail is most commonly frequented by those desiring to reach Boulder Pass or […]

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